Those responsible for the restoration project of the house in Tryon (United States) which saw the birth of Nina Simone will be able to count on an additional 6 million dollars, or just over 5.5 million euros. The money was collected during an auction doubled with a gala organized in New York to finance the work of the building, located in North Carolina. Event organizers said on Tuesday that revenue exceeded their expectations.
A possible inauguration next year
They had indeed announced on Friday that they hoped to raise 2 million dollars (about 1.9 million euros) to help repair the house where the singer and civil rights activist born in 1933 grew up for a few years. harvested could allow the opening of the site to the public in 2024, said Brent Leggs, director of the program for African-American heritage in charge of the project.
The latter had, among other things, received the support of the American tennis player Venus Williams. The work concerns the three-room building with a surface area of around sixty square meters, as well as its exterior. In particular, it will be necessary to renovate the facades of the house and the entrance porch. Nina Simone, real name Eunice Waymon, lived there with her parents and siblings.